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C1870 Continental 7mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Ladies 6 Shot Double Action Purse Revolver With Folding Trigger, Removable Screw Out Extractor Rod & Original Period Leather Covered Wood Clamshell Case. Sn 6656 - 6656
This is a very good 6 shot 7mm pin fire revolver made C1870. Its small calibre and frame allowed this type of pistol to be carried by ladies in their purses for personal protection. This example is in full working order with all the springs functioning. It measures 6” overall with a 2 ½” barrel. The rifled bore has just staining consistent with age & the pistol's metal work has even patina. It has a typical folding trigger and undamaged wood grips. The pistol is stamped with a small crown above ‘V’ proof mark. The pistol is side gate loading, has a post fore sight and screw out steel ejector rod in the butt. The pistol is correctly double action only and its firing mechanism works as it should. The pistol is accompanied by its original leather covered wood clamshell hard case with clasp fastener. The case is lined and padded with rich purple material. The leather has some scuffing consistent with age but is all intact and fits the pistol perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 6656

QUALITY, Cased, Victorian C1850 Irish John Neill Belfast, 22 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistols With Octagonal Barrels, Captive Ramrods & Accessories. Sn 15476 - 15476
The Irish Belfast based Gunsmith John Neill Traded at various High Street addresses in the 1800’s and is first recorded at 4 Rosemary Street Belfast in 1831. His High Street trading dates & addresses are as follows: 1839 42 High Street, 1843-1854 78 High Street, 1856-1865 82 High Street, 1868 80 High Street, 1870 62 High Street, 1877/1880 62 High Street. During the period 1877/1880 the company traded as E. Neill, possibly John Neill's widow. This practice being very common in the gun trade at that time. This is a superb matching pair of percussion pistols by John Neill made C1850. The pistols are in excellent undamaged condition with all original walnut stocks with chequered grips, inset void German silver escutcheons & 10 cm octagonal browned steel barrels. The pistols have engraved foliate decorated trigger guards with extended tangs and finials, action plates & Dolphin hammers. The action plates of each pistol are nicely engraved by the manufacturer ‘J.Neill’ within the foliate decoration. The top of each action are nicely engraved with game bird in flight scenes. The top of each barrel is crisply signed ‘J.Neill Belfast’. Both pistols are complete with their original captive steel ram rods & small post fore sights. The barrels are each 15mm muzzle diameter (approx. 22 bore). The smooth bores are clean. Their firing actions work perfectly as they should. The pistols are complete with their original walnut case. The case with hinged lid has its original lock and key. The interior of is later re- lined in green material and has compartments contoured to snugly fit the pistols and their accessories which include a steel bullet mould, an empty tin for percussion caps labelled ‘ E Joyce & Co London metal lined percussion caps’, 8 moulded lead balls, some wadding and 2 wood handled tools. The lid of the case has a brass shield with period stylised monogram. The corners have reinforced brass edges. The price for this quality made pair of cased Irish pistols includes UK delivery. NB as antique percussion weapons no licence is required to own these pistols in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15476

1836-1856 English John Blissett Of London 16 Bore Percussion Traveling Pistol Converted from Flintlock With Captive Steel Ram Rod & Octagonal Damascus Barrel. Sn 15328 - 15328
John Blissett (1808-1872) was an English Gunmaker and Jeweller recorded as working at 74 High Holborn London between 1832 & 1835 then at 321-322 High Holborn between 1836 & 1856. He and his son together with a later business associate named ‘Tomes’ are later recorded at other High Holborn addresses until 1885 (see page 143 of Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol 1). This is an original traveling percussion pistol made by John Blissett while working at the 321 High Holborn address. It is 12 ¾” overall with an octagonal Damascus barrel which is 17mm muzzle diameter (approx. 16 bore). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. The barrel has a small bead fore sight and the action tang has 'v' notch plate rear sight. It has a heavy Dolphin hammer and the action plate, trigger guard with extended tang and pineapple finial, barrel tang and stepped steel butt plate have tooled foliate decoration. The trigger guard is large for gloved hand. The top barrel flat is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘John Blissett 321 High Holborn London’ (illustrated). It has a walnut full stock with fine chequering at the grip, inlaid void German silver escutcheon and German silver stock mounts. It has its original captive steel ram rod & the action works as it should. The metal and wood of the pistol have no damage. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15328

QUALITY, Late 18th Century English Twigg London Double Barrel, Over & Under, Double Barrel, Tap Action, 40 Bore, Flintlock Pistol With Screw Off Barrels. Sn 15428 - 15428
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, in 1732 and is listed by Heer (1978) as being apprenticed to the Irish gunmaker, Edward Newton (active 1718-1764), though no dates for the apprenticeship are offered. By 1755, Blackmore (1986) lists Twigg working as a gunmaker from Angel Ct., Charing Cross until 1760 when he moved to 132 Strand, opposite Catherine St., and continued at this address until 1776. He moved again in 1776, this time to Piccadilly where he remained until 1790. During these 14 years he opened several warehouses; at little Somerset St., in 1771; 30 Cornhill, 1777 and Tower Hill in 1779. His only son, John, was apprenticed in 1786 to Henry Nock, and subsequently inherited his father's business. This is a quality made over & under, tap action flintlock pistol by Twigg. It's round steel screw off barrels are 1 ¾” in length (6 ¾” overall). The barrels are unscrewed by placing a specially made tool into notches within the muzzle opening of each barrel (we do not have the tool). The smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age and the underside of the action has black powder proofs. Its heavy steel frame is nicely engraved on both sides with foliate motifs. On the left side the motif bears the maker’s name 'Twigg' and the right ‘London’. The trigger guard is engraved with a foliate design. It has a steel slide safety, steel pan and hammer which is fitted with a flint. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly and the tap action operated by a rounded lever on the left side of the pan functions perfectly. Price for this desirable pistol by a quality maker includes UK delivery. NB as an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15428

C1840 Irish Mc Dermot Dublin 40 Bore Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Silver Stock Mounts & Damascus Barrel. Sn 12756 - 12756
The Irish Gunmakers Farrell & Henry Mc Dermott / Mc Dermot were two prolific makers of pistols in Dublin and are recorded at 1 Abbey Street Dublin in the early to Mid 1800’s. Their guns appear with both spellings "Mc Dermott" or "Mc Dermot". The relevance of the different spellings and the connection between these two gunmakers has yet to be established (they were originally listed by M.S. Dudley Westropp, MRIA, Journal Arms & Armour Society, 1957 Vol.11. No 1). This is an excellent percussion pistol by Mc Dermot, Dublin. It has an undamaged walnut full stock with chequered pistol grip and inlaid silver escutcheon. It has steel furniture and silver stock mounts,. The trigger guard with pineapple finial and hammer have foliate engraved decoration. The action has a sliding safety bolt feature. The action plate is signed ‘Mc Dermot’. It measures 8 ½” overall length and has a 4 ½” Damascus barrel grooved for sighting and small blade fore sight. The sighting groove is marked ‘Dublin’. The action tang and muzzle edge have foliate engraved decoration. The pistol’s smooth bore is clean. The pistol has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this Irish overcoat pistol by prolific Dublin gunsmiths worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 12756

MINT BORE, ORIGINAL, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, 1854,Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 5 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Brass Grip Frame, Cylinder Scene & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15351 - 15351
The family of Colt Pocket Percussion Revolvers evolved from the iconic 1860 Army and 1851 Navy Revolvers and were produced between 1849 and 1872. This original U.S. Colt .31 Calibre Cap and Ball, 5 shot Pocket Model of 1849 Revolver is in very good original condition with even patina throughout. It has a brass trigger guard and grip frame. The pistol has the correct brass pin fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It has an undamaged American Walnut grip. The left side of its frame is stamped 'Colts Patent'. The top of the 4 " octagonal barrel is correctly marked 'Address Col Saml Colt New York City'. The bore is near mint clean with crisp well defined rifling. It has matching serial numbers '87772' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, cylinder and butt which dates its manufacture to 1854. The cylinder and frame are marked 'Colt's Patent’. The cylinder has the faint but correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’ (illustrated). The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. The price for this historic Samuel Colt percussion revolver includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball revolver, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15351

Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s Pair Of Irish J. Bloomer Flintlock Pocket Pistols With 40 Bore Screw Off Barrels & Concealed Triggers. Sn 15343 - 15343
The surname Bloomer was first found Ireland where the Bloomer family held a seat from very ancient times. This is an excellent pair of flintlock pocket pistols signed ‘J. Bloomer’ most likely made in Ireland. They are each 6 ¼” overall with 1 ¾” screw off barrels which are 40 bore. The bores of each barrel have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of the pistols have crisp proofs. On the left side they are engraved 'J. Bloomer’ within banners and the right sides have engraved banners and void centre panel. Both pistols have concealed triggers and swan neck hammers, one fitted with flint. Both pistols have sliding safety bolts which have tooled decoration. The firing actions of both these pistols work as they should. Their bag shaped wood grips with chequered panel back edges are undamaged and fitted with void silver escutcheons. The price for this matching pair of pistols includes UK delivery. NB As antique flintlock pistols no licence is required to own them in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15343

Victorian British Tranter’s Patent .30 Calibre Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel To Dr G. Lammert. Sn 15325 - 15325
This is an excellent, original, Tranter’s Patent 5 shot percussion revolver with spurless hammer. The weapon's double action firing mechanism work as it should and the cylinder can be removed for speed loading. The top of the frame is crisply inscribed ‘Dr G. Lammert’ no doubt the original owner of this pistol. Its walnut chequered grip is in excellent condition and has a stepped steel butt cap. It has ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and blade fore sight. The pistol’s 4” octagonal barrel has a clean bore with crisp well defined rifling. It measures 8 ¾” overall length. The pistol's metal work is undamaged has crisp foliate tooled decoration and all original finish. The price for this excellent percussion pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15325

American Mexican War & Civil War Eras, .54 Calibre M1842 US Aston Percussion Cavalry & Navy Pistol With Captive Ram Rod, Brass Fittings & Cudgel Butt. A 612 - A 612
In the early 1840s, Henry Aston, Ira N. Johnson and a number of associates set up a factory in Middlefield, Connecticut, to complete a government contract for martial pistols of the 1842 pattern. The smoothbore Aston/Johnson used the same 54-calibre ball as the new Mississippi Rifle from the Eli Whitney Jr. factory. While it was strongly associated with the cavalry of the day, the 1842 was actually a general service pistol along the lines of the British and French percussion handguns adopted the same year and many examples bear naval markings. Some 34,000 pistols saw production by 1850 and, upon completion of the contract, Johnson continued making the pistols under his own name. He filled an order for an additional 10,000 between 1853 and 1855. The Palmetto Armory added 1,000 units to the total. The Aston/Johnson pistols, in their most familiar role, replaced very similar flintlocks in the saddle holsters of mounted troops. They saw considerable use on the Oregon Trail and in the United States/Mexican war of 1847-48. Issued in pairs, they afforded the Dragoons a couple of extra shots after they discharged their muskets and closed with an enemy. The 1842 is a sturdy pistol with reinforcing brass mounting and a substantial “ball” capping the butt to serve as a cudgel. Our example is in excellent condition. There are no manufacturer or date marks externally visible on our example but all metal and wood is original with even patina. The pistol has the correct brass fittings including, small blade fore sight, cudgel butt, heavy military hammer and captive steel ram rod. It is 14 ½” overall length with an 8 ¼” steel smooth bore barrel. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The action functions as it should. As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a display or collection. A 612

C1840 English, Nock Of London, 40 Bore, Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 15265 - 15265
Henry Nock was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is a very good percussion pocket pistol by Nock. It is 7 ¼” overall with a 3" screw off barrel (a barrel key tool is required to unscrew the barrel). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. It has impressed black powder proofs on the underside of the action & barrel. The action has foliate engraved decoration and the action tang is signed ‘Nock London’. The trigger guard is decorated with foliate decoration. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The chequered walnut grip is undamaged and inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The price for this pistol by a quality maker includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15265
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